Upside Down Loop Coming to Disney World Monorail

Disney Monorail will soon have an upside down loop like a roller coaster
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Riding the Walt Disney World monorail system is part of the Disney experience. In fact, if you don’t experience the famous “please stand clear of the doors. Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas”, did you even go to Disney World? The answer is no. Well, we just got an update regarding the Disney World monorail system and it’s wild. Disney will be installing an upside down loop to the monorail system.

Disney Monorail will soon have an upside down loop like a roller coaster
Disney Monorail will soon have an upside down loop like a roller coaster

The monorails at Disney World are amazing modes of transportation. They are fast, convenient, and the smell is, uh, memorable, to say the least. If you’re staying at the Contemporary, Polynesian, or Grand Floridian, the monorail is the easiest way to get to the Magic Kingdom. Also, The Tipton Hotel will be on that loop once construction is complete. See our story on that here for more details. If you want to park hop from EPCOT to Magic Kingdom or vice versa, the Monorail is the best transportation. Plus, soon it will be the most fun way to get there with the addition of an upside down loop, just like Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Why is Disney Adding a Loop to The Monorail?

The short answer is for the thrill of guests. However, there is a bit more to it than that, which we will unpack. We just hope this doesn’t increase the transportation fees that Disney plans to implement as we reported here. Either way, Disney adding a loop to their monorail track certainly makes the ride more appealing, which a lot of people are excited about.

Will looping monorail increase Disney's proposed transportation fees?
Will looping monorail increase Disney’s transportation fees?

Ultimately, Disney is adding the loop to their monorails at the request of their guests. Oftentimes, cast members ask guests at Disney World to take surveys. These are to enhance their experience in the parks. According to an internal source, one question was about the monorail experience. Many guests claimed they enjoy the monorail, but the ride isn’t exciting. It’s long, slow, and many surprisingly find it boring. Disney didn’t like knowing their most iconic mode of transportation was seen as boring by most guests, so they set out to change it.

Ultimately they are making two changes. First, they will increase the speed of the monorail from 40 mph to 60 mph. This will give it enough speed to make the loop. Also, they will add the upside down loop just outside of the Magic Kingdom. The good news is there is no height requirement change with the addition of the loop. Anyone can ride the upside down monorail. It’s like Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster, but anyone can ride.

Also, Disney will not be adding seat belts to the monorail. This seems controversial, however, we reached out to a top physics and engineering expert and they assured us that given the size and speed of the monorail, seat belts would not be needed, even though it will go upside down.

Disney World Monorail Closure

Disney will close the monorail route outside of the Magic Kingdom for an extended period of time while they add an upside down loop. The Disney World monorail is expected to be closed for 3-4 months while they build the loop. They first need to demolish part of the track, then add the loop. The good news is, the loop is currently being tested off-site. This should reduce the amount of testing time required once constructed.

Disney World Monorail will go in an upside down loop
At least Disney’s monorail will not jump the track like in the roller coaster patent

For adding a loop to an existing monorail track, a 3-4 month closure is not a long time. Disney knows how important the monorail is to their park operations, so they want to limit the time it’s closed. They are going to work long hours on this project so that the monorail is closed for the shortest amount of time possible.

While it seems crazy that Disney is adding an upside down loop to their monorail, this is just an example of listening to their guests. Also, it’s not nearly as crazy as a roller coaster that jumps the track as we reported here. However, it’s still an ambitious project by Disney. In fact, some guests are worried that the monorail is no longer family-friendly because of the upside down loop.

What are your thoughts on Disney adding an upside down loop to the monorail? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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